Just as every rock music fan dreams of being pulled onstage to wail on lead guitar, every classical music fan dreams of hopping into an injured violin soloist's chair to save the day. Dreams come true in the N.C. Symphony's SummerFest opening night "Play with the Pros" concert, which mixes the professional players with specially recruited "citizen musicians"—an odd appellation that avoids the whiff of condescension inherent in "amateur musicians" but inadvertently implies that the N.C. Symphony is composed of illegal aliens.
The program features Mussorgsky's spooky tone poem Night on Bald Mountain, the first suite of Grieg's incidental music for the Ibsen play Peer Gynt, and Schubert's penultimate symphony, the No. 9 in C Major. Conductor William Henry Curry leads his seasoned pros and eager amateurs—wait, citizens—through this eclectic repertory. Will your friends and neighbors nail that glissando or flame out? You know you're curious. Tickets run $28–$33; gates open at 5 p.m. for a 7:30 start. —Brian Howe